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Press Releases

Visit the Ideas Booth for a Chance to Take the Stage at TEDxPortland on April 27

March 22, 2019

The Oregon Historical Society is excited to partner once again with TEDxPortland on the Ideas Booth to crowd-source an Idea Worth Spreading for TEDxPortland Year 9! Created in 2018 and unique to TEDxPortland, community members can visit the Ideas Booth at the Oregon Historical Society for a chance to join the TEDxPortland stage – a platform that has hosted names including Ann Curry, Macklemore, and Colin O’Brady. The Ideas Booth will be accepting ideas from March 22 through April 2 and is open during regular Oregon Historical Society museum hours. All visitors to the Ideas Booth will also receive free admission to visit the Oregon Historical Society!

Oregon Historical Society Offers Free Admission to Youth during Oregon’s Spring Break, March 23 – 31

March 20, 2019

Are you planning a stay-cation this spring break? A trip to the Oregon Historical Society is the perfect adventure to get the kids out of the house — and, the Oregon Historical Society will be offering free admission for youth 18 and under during Oregon’s spring break week beginning Saturday, March 23 through Sunday, March 31.

Oregon Historical Society Announces 2019 History Makers; Gala Celebration Set for October 6

March 15, 2019

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the Oregon History Makers Medal. First awarded in 2009, the History Makers Medal is regarded as one of Oregon’s most prestigious honors and is presented annually by OHS to individuals and organizations that are positively shaping the history, culture, and landscape of Oregon. The 2019 Oregon History Makers Medal recipients are Andy Bryant, tech industry visionary; Gale Castillo, path breaking business and community leader; Colin O’Brady, athlete, adventurer, educator; and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, world-renowned Oregon theater. The Oregon History Makers Medal will be presented at a dinner at the historic Montgomery Park building in Portland on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Oregon Historical Society Unveils New 7,000 Square Foot Permanent Exhibit, Experience Oregon, February 14

February 4, 2019

Visitors of all ages, and from all parts of the world, come to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) each year to learn about Oregon. Whether you were born here, have chosen to make this place home, or are just passing through, it is undeniable that there is something special about this state. From its varied geography to its innovative legislation, Oregon is complex and distinctive, filled with people whose stories are the foundation of the state we see today.

Meet Over 90 Local Authors at 51st Annual Holiday Cheer Book Sale & Signing

November 27, 2018

Come support a local holiday tradition at the Oregon Historical Society’s 51st annual Holiday Cheer, a festive book sale & literary celebration this Sunday, December 2! Meet over 90 authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and authors will be signing until 4pm. Admission is free to both the book sale and to visit museum exhibits.

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Field Trip: Oregon Historical Society

March 22, 2019

By Sarah Vanbuskirk, PDX Parent. When I picked up my fourth grader, Noah, age 9, early from school recently to go on a “special” outing he was beyond thrilled. That is until I told him where we were going: the Oregon Historical Society’s new Experience Oregon exhibit. “Really, Mom? A museum?” he questioned, clearly disappointed. “I was thinking laser tag or paintball. I experience Oregon every day!” So it was with a decidedly unenthused boy, who had been bribed with a post-museum treat, that I arrived at the museum on the eve of the new Experience Oregon exhibit’s debut, which appropriately enough was scheduled for Valentine’s Day 2019, otherwise known as Oregon’s 160th birthday. Within seconds of stepping into the brand-new, 11,000-square foot, open-design space, three years in the making, his skepticism slipped away. His eyes brightened as he let go of my hand and made a beeline to the huge, incredibly lifelike model of a tree holding court near the entrance. “Wow,” Noah said, crouching down, immediately reaching out his fingers toward the wide, bumpy trunk, as he peered up at the canopy of branches above. “Can I touch it?” The answer, happily, was “Yes!” since the new exhibit is very interactive and totally kid-friendly.

Stories of Eastern Oregon: Helix students present short films on Pendleton, Baker county history

March 8, 2019

By Jayati Ramakrishnan, East Oregonian. Eastern Oregon’s history as a lawless frontier is no secret, but some Helix students spent last year digging into some of the lesser-known stories of the area. Griswold High School seniors Hannah Christman, Arianna Krol, Drew Nelson and Colton Reynolds took to Prodigal Son Brewery to present the short films they had made based on their research. Nelson and Reynolds shared a film about the Copperfield Affair, a conflict in Baker County where the tiny town of Copperfield refused to enact Prohibition, resulting in the state declaring martial law in the town. Christman and Krol presented a piece on famed Pendleton madam Stella Darby, and her impact on Pendleton’s economy and culture.

Where We Live: 'Experience Oregon'

February 19, 2019

By Ken Boddie, KOIN. On Feb. 14, 2019, we celebrated Oregon's 160th birthday. Oregon became a state on Valentine's Day in 1859 and its amazing story is told in an ambitious exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society. The "Experience Oregon" journey starts in a panoramic theater telling Oregon's story -- before and after the pioneers. "It's stories -- dramatic victories and defeats, life and death -- it's the story of people," Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuk said. The $4 million, 7,000-square-foot "Experience Oregon" exhibit features 500 artifacts -- some hundreds of years old -- to tell the story: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Oregon Historical Society: Experience Oregon Permanent Exhibit

February 14, 2019

KATU. February 14th is Oregon’s birthday -- so it's fitting Oregon Historical Society unveils its brand new permanent Experience Oregon exhibit today. Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of Oregon Historical Society, stopped by to tell us all about it.

‘Experience Oregon’ launches on state’s 160th birthday, showcasing ‘good, bad and ugly’ of region’s history

February 14, 2019

By Douglas Perry, The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Oregon was on the edge. Would rock ’n’ roll save it?” The question -- offered up in a cartoon video game that recreates 1970’s Vortex I, the one-of-a-kind, state-sponsored, anti-war rock festival -- is one of the cheekier ones posed in the Oregon Historical Society’s new, $4-million “Experience Oregon” exhibit. The ambitious, 7,000-square-foot permanent installation opens Thursday, Oregon’s 160th birthday. It replaces the beloved “Oregon, My Oregon” exhibit, which had a 14-year run at the museum before closing last year.

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Oregon Historical Society Logos

The following logos are available for OHS partners to download and use in promotional materials that have been approved through the OHS Marketing Department. The Oregon Historical Society horizontal logo is preferred in marketing materials, but the vertical logo can be used when necessary to fit within a particular layout.

OHS logos with black and white typefaces are both available. The black typeface should be used on materials with a white or light colored background. The white typeface should be used on materials with a black or dark colored background. The OHS logo includes both the gold Peace Medal emblem as well as the printed typeface and should never be applied separately from each other. The OHS logo should never be printed with a white or colored box surrounding it, and the full color logo should always be used unless prior permission has been received from the OHS Marketing Department to use a black and white version of the logo.

Black Typeface
  • Horizontal JPEG
  • Horizontal EPS
  • Vertical JPEG
  • Vertical EPS
White Typeface
  • Horizontal EPS
  • Vertical EPS

All of these logos can be downloaded in the following zip archive:

OHS Logos (ZIP, 4.5 MB)

If you have any questions regarding the use of the Oregon Historical Society logo, or if you need an alternative file type, please contact Rachel Randles, Director of Marketing & Communications.

Oregon Historical Society Boilerplate

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (, educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.

For an expanded biography on OHS, please visit our About Us page.

For more information or additional materials, please contact:

Rachel Randles
Director of Marketing & Communications